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Learn to make biodiesel

If you or someone you know may be interested in making biodiesel and/or buying a processor let me know. I spent a year perfecting this system and making upgrades. I have seen many ‘backyard’ biodiesel processors and I am confident the one I built is one of highest quality processors out there. I am making high quality biodiesel and can teach people who are interested. I'm moving soon so I will have a processor for sale and can also pass on my oil account to a lucky person.



Added by Carlos Bill on April 27, 2016 at 2:56pm — No Comments

Agave and Aloe Vera give away

Looking to give away several dozen agave and aloe vera plants. Moving out of state and can't take them with me. Plants are all in containers and range in size from 4" to 24" in height. Please respond if you know of an organization that could use a lot of plants for a landscaping project or perhaps a school that wants to give small agave plants to children to plant at home. 

Added by Randy Aafedt on April 26, 2016 at 7:39am — 1 Comment

Free urbanite (broken concrete)

We have a medium-sized pile of broken concrete sidewalk (AKA urbanite) free to anyone who would like to come and get it. We are in east Mesa - the nearest big intersection is Power and Brown. If you are interested message me.

Added by Jeff Reich and Farraday Newsome on April 23, 2016 at 11:02am — No Comments

local source for fresh compost tea?!

Hello everyone,
I wonder if you all know of any places in the Valley that sell freshly brewed compost tea?!  I would like to do a soil drench around a very large tree but do not have the capacity to make so much tea myself right now.  Thanks!  :)


Added by rachel on April 21, 2016 at 6:28pm — 1 Comment

Worm Farm Looking for a Part Time employee

Intern/Worm Farmer/Composter

Know anyone looking for part time work in the South Valley?

We are Abby Lee Farms, a large local hydroponic grower of tomatoes and cucumbers.  We want to compost all of our green waste using Vermiculture (worms).  We are looking for someone who wants to help us learn to compost using worms.

We want someone to work approximately 2 hours, three days a week anytime during business hours.

Duties will…


Added by Zach Brooks on March 29, 2016 at 6:23am — No Comments

Best place to buy Straw Bales without wheat and wheat grass

We've done a great job of getting our straw bales ready for planting. Such a good job that it has been taken over quite suddenly and completely, with wheat grass. Baddish bales. Anyone know where we might get some bales with less of a chance at looking like a Chia Pet? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Added by Jesse Canfield on February 27, 2016 at 4:44pm — No Comments

gray water friendly plumber

  Hello permaculture friends. 

       We are in need of a good plumber.

       we also would like to make a gray water oasis.  fruit trees  veggie garden. with hummingbird, bee and butterfly friendly plants.

     Does any one know of a plumber who is open minded or even knowledgeable about  gray water.  I have collected rain water in the past  but using bath water involves rerouting plumbing. 


Added by Mark Trosper on February 21, 2016 at 5:52pm — No Comments

Arborist Study Group - Feb. 8th, 2016

Hello VPA Community!

Our team will be hosting yet another Arborist Study Group meetup this coming Monday, February 8th. Please be sure to bring a friend and a smile as we work together to study up for the Arborist Certification Exam. We hope to see you there!

Best Wishes,

Valley Permaculture Alliance Team…


Added by Ty on February 5, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

plastic bottle garden wall

spent an afternoon with a wonderful retired botanist professor from Ghent University, close to me in Brussels; Check out his you tube Willem VanCotthem. His method is simpler, cheaper and totally doable for us in these dry places. need help this spring at 3 Moons project an hour west of Las Vegas, in the Mojave Desert, build with earth  bag construction, a little dome, walls and this bottle garden!!!! I> have great compost toilets, neighbor with horse manure and old kitchen scraps; to…


Added by JEHANEor jeanne RUCQUOI on January 12, 2016 at 2:51pm — No Comments


love to hear from everyone trying our drier spot! challenging welcome at 3 Moons! between Las Vegas and Death Valley!!! what a hoot! you can choose both and then, in the middle us! 

this spring  …


Added by JEHANEor jeanne RUCQUOI on December 20, 2015 at 8:40am — No Comments

Volunteers Needed at the Rose Pruning at Sahuaro Ranch Park 1/2/16

The Rose Society of Glendale will be pruning and offering hands on instruction to all volunteers who come and join us on Saturday, January 2, 2016. Will be in the rose garden at Sahuaro Ranch Park, 9802 N. 59th Avenue, Glendale, AZ from 8 am to noon.  Consulting Rosarians will have a pruning demonstration and rose care discussion at 9 am. Bring your pruning shears if you have them, gloves, and a hat. Free event, and all are welcome to come. Looking forward to seeing you there.     

Added by Allison Bowns on December 15, 2015 at 4:35pm — No Comments

3 Moons project

check out on face book and, not the one from San Francisco! but with, 3 Moons , hope I get it?! need help I guess with getting this one better! 

Invite everyone to try out their knowledge of dry growing, not in the Phonix area but closer to Death Valley, drier, tougher!!!

first we are building small structures with earth bags and walls with bottles and whatever else! to shape protected areas. growing protected by walls and…


Added by JEHANEor jeanne RUCQUOI on December 7, 2015 at 3:08pm — No Comments

Get Goat Smart Clinic

The Arizona State Goat Breeder's Association is having a goat clinic on Saturday, November 14th at the Maricopa County Cooperative Extension Office, 4341 East Broadway Road, Phoenix, AZ in the Ocotillo Room.

If you are interested in making cheese, soap or yogurt from goat's milk you will enjoy this clinic. There will also be demonstrations on kidding and what you need…


Added by Cal Griggs on November 2, 2015 at 7:33pm — No Comments

Plants that Rabbits and Quail do not eat?

I know it's safe to plant Geraniums and Lantana outdoors and of course Oleanders. Am wondering what else I could plant outdoors without the Quail or Rabbits wiping them out? A few years back I tried Pansies and they were cut to the ground over-night.

Any and all advice is much appreciated.

Added by Tom gundlach on September 7, 2015 at 10:15am — 2 Comments



We are looking for worms for our new worm bin. Does anyone have some they would like to sell or know of a good place to find some?
Thanks you!!

Added by heather rutter on August 16, 2015 at 10:06pm — 4 Comments

Fall Gardening in Phoenix, Veggies & Herbs

Welcome to the Resources page for the City of Peoria Sustainable U Class titled "Planting Your Fall Garden".  I'm glad you've come to visit and hope you find this information useful and helpful!  Please don't hesitate to ask questions, this website is a great resource with lots of people here with years of experience growing in the desert.

A PDF of the class powerpoint is available to download here:…


Added by Liz & Dan on August 12, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

A kitchen remodel that will stand the test of time

Kitchens are typically the first room in the house that show their age. Because preferences change over time, what makes a kitchen desirable for one person may offend another’s sense of style. The kitchen is often the deal breaker for prospective buyers and when it’s not, it’s still as likely as not to be remodeled by the new owner. If you’re considering a kitchen remodel but want a kitchen that won’t make your home difficult to sell down the road, consider these…


Added by Sally Williams on August 7, 2015 at 11:25pm — No Comments

Solar Oven Cooking - Garden Pie

With a newly created solar oven design, I'm realizing I do not know how to cook in it! I spend so much time building it, but not enough time developing/gathering recipes. Thanks to a friend for her "garden pie" recipe. She calls it garden pie, because you can put just about anything in it. I describe it as a spiral quiche, but even that is not accurate. Check out the photos and give it a name!

Started the SolOve pre-heating, then went to the kitchen to put it together.



Added by Matthew Newton on August 1, 2015 at 4:47pm — 1 Comment

Solar Oven Adventure Log

Let me catch you up! I have been "tinkering" with solar ovens for about two years. It's been a bit of an obsession to make an oven that can reach 300 degrees or higher, and made from low/no-cost, small footprint materials. I have seen the pizza box, and just can't imagine that gets above 200 degrees.

The first through sixth versions were an education! I revisited geometry, my X-acto skills, and the melting point of duct-tape. I'm on my 7th version, I've fixed all the issues of the…


Added by Matthew Newton on July 31, 2015 at 12:59pm — 1 Comment

Affordable Home Upgrades

Upgrading a home can be an expensive project, especially if there are several upgrades that need to happen all at once.  Do-it-yourself projects are always an option, and a good idea, but many people do not trust their skills or do not think they are creative enough to complete projects on their own, so they end up spending lots of money on products…


Added by Sally Williams on July 14, 2015 at 10:15pm — 1 Comment

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